READERS GUIDE. The questions, discussion topics and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group’s reading of Chitra Banerjee. In this collection of emotionally fraught short stories, poet Divakaruni (Black Candle) relates the travails of Indian women trying to adapt to the often alienating . Although Chitra Divakaruni’s poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her “luminous, exquisitely crafted prose” (Ms.) that is quickly making her one.

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Another moving story in the book is “The Ultrasound,” in which a young woman in India is forced to have an abortion because an ultrasound indicates that her first-born child will be a daughter. Her book Arranged Marriage has been made into a play and performed in the U.

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The question of why Indian women continue to live in bad marriages is not completely answered by the end of the book. To ask other readers questions about Arranged Marriageplease sign up.

Other eight stories are also very touching and true to life. You’re bringing the spirit of women down, instead of empowering them. YAs will especially understand the dilemmas posed, as they must live with them as well.? This book could have been much better baneriee it not been for cliches in the stories. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.


Lain waktu kalau ada mood baru bahas satu per satu. It is evident that the author loves potato curry and mahogany beds, but she should have allowed her characters some variety! River of Light, an opera about an Indian woman in a bi-cultural marriage, for which she wrote the libretto, has been performed in Texas and California.

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Buat saya, Divakaruni bisa dibilang storyteller. May 14, Indira Iljas rated it arrangfd liked it Shelves: The characters aren’t interchangeable, and each story has a unique voice, but I knew what I was in for each time.

A Perfect Lifethe tale of an independent woman and the little boy that becomes part of her life in spite of herself.

Mereka hidup rukun bahagia, hingga dijuluki sebagai pasangan serasi. They range from college students living with relatives, to young brides, to single professional women, to long-married middle-aged wives and mothers. Suami Abha, Ashok, juga arrangec akrab dengan Meena. In “A Maidservant’s Story” there are two voices, and two stories, peaking at the point where the two narratives become one.

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For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, the possibility of change, of starting anew, is both as terrifying and filled with promise as the ocean that separates them from their homes in India. Clothes fleshes out the theme that often the mafriage of family honor is placed on the females members of the family.


View all 3 comments. However, for most of us, our idea of these changing times dwells from the narrow view of the upper middle class society that we live in.

Setelah itu, hanya takdir yang bisa menentukan apakah mereka akan bahagia atau sengsara Namun, mertuanya begitu penuh kasih sehingga membiarkannya tinggal bersama mereka.

Arranged Marriage

The prose is accessible with moments of poetry, allowing mainstream America a glimpse into another culture and Indian America a chance to see themselves in literary fiction. The stories really allowed me to take a look at Indian women in a different light. Do the stories leave you reason to be hopeful for these women? Throughout her book, Divakaruni weaves themes of family honor and woman in bad relationships.

Arranged Marriage () — Chitra Divakaruni

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I’m not saying one is better than the other; certainly though I’ve been ‘trained’ to read rather than listen in a particular way, so that it’s easy for me to say that I find something absent in Divakaruni’s stories. Stories are drab and predictable.